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Sakurai discusses how he brought Sonic to Smash in this Famitsu Column (Originally published before Brawl's release date). The translation was done by the folks at Source Gaming!
July 23rd saw the incredible 2GGT: KTAR Saga run. This 1-day, 409-man singles event ran by Champ and Keitaro ran in around 12 hours and ended with a spectacular top 8, wrapping up with one of the best sets of Smash 4 and an announcement for the next 2GGT: Civil War.
Today, two storied tournament series, one from the West Coast and the other from the East Coast, collide. Happening at the eSports Arena in Southern California, talents from all over have flown in for this one day, 409-man Super Smash Bros. Wii U national. Here's everything you need to know about the event and some of the heavy-hitters attending it.

Illustration by 葉山零一 / Hayama_01

After a two-month break, Umebura once again returns to the Ota City Industrial Plaza in Tokyo this Sunday, July 24th. This is the final installment before the highly-anticipated Second Anniversary Tournament hosted next month. It is set to be streamed by SHI Gaming. Perhaps because Kanto residents are eager to get their practice in, this event reached its 224-entrant...
From July 23rd to July 24th CEST, the tournament series Pandali's Pandemonium Tournament will be hosting a Super Smash Bros. Wii U tournament in Munich, Germany. Talent from all over Europe, along with a special international guest, will be attending this 188-man competition. Here’s everything you need to know about the tournament as well as who to look out for!
Smashboards, the world’s largest competitive Super Smash Bros. community, has entered a sponsorship agreement with Syndicate 2016, a multi-day international European event for both Melee and Smash for Wii U and the biggest Dutch tournament to date. Smashboards will make a contribution towards the TO budget and will help promote the event through its social media network.

“As longtime members of Smashboards, we are happy to receive support from the website that our community saw its beginnings on. This will boost our means to make Syndicate the...
Undoubtedly the best Wario in México, Edgar "Waymas" Lizcano is a dedicated fighting game player that has supported the competitive Smash scene since it first appeared in his country. Over the years, he’s earned himself a reputation as an amazing defensive player, climbing all the way to 4th place in the Mexican Power Rankings with consistently high placements. And as the scene continues to grow, with competition getting continuously harder, it doesn’t seem like he’s planning on slowing down anytime soon.
New Jersey's Quarterly Rapport, one of the region's cornerstone tournaments, is back with its second installation on August 7.

The event, featuring Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Melee amongst other titles, is a quarterly collaboration by the various communities of the region. "We have one TO from each game's community," said Chris "@Vestboy_Myst" Farina of the organizing team. "We're also using this event as a way to unify the small separated FGC communities as well as North / Central / South NJ Smashers who rarely...
At Umebura 23 I was asked if I could help with getting as many top names from outside of Japan to this August's Umebura S.A.T. (Second Anniversary Tournament). When I contacted @ZeRo about the tournament he surprised me by saying that he wanted to go to Japan, but he wanted to do it as soon as possible to train for EVO. He wanted to spend three days playing against the best in Eastern Japan (Kanto) and three days playing against the best in Western Japan (Kansai) and it had to be kept under wraps until after EVO had concluded. I immediately got to work with @Ayuha and we were able to give ZeRo the intense one week Smash 4 boot camp he asked for.
During Evolution 2016's third day, EVO staff member Mark "MarkMan" Julio, Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono and Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada took to the stage after a handful of new announcements for Tekken 7: Fated Retribution to make a special announcement; EVO Japan is coming!
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